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Marijuana Legalization is Not the Answer to the War on Drugs

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first_img Agree 100% with this article. My 19 year old son has the same symptoms as described above. We don’t know how to help him if he does not admit that there is a problem . Thank you for the article. Cannabis should be legal, only for people older than 18 (literally). Legalize only the natural cannabis (not just any kind of modified one, (PRESSED by traffickers, which characterizes crime.) or (MANIPULATED by the Government). In the first case, due to the high level of addiction. In the second case, due to the high level of the natural plant’s attenuation effect, with the (EXCUSE) of transforming it (ANOTHER TRANQUILIZER) with the EXCUSE: “IT’S LESS ADDICTING.” Taking into account the health problems, ALCOHOL, and SMOKE both are harmful that’s obvious. Everything is a matter of conscience, that is, if one drank too much, it risks crashing the car due to the lack of motor coordination, and if one smokes too much gets veeeery slow due to the lack of adrenaline. This is no excuse: “I WAS HIGH” (with marijuana.) or : “I DON’T REMEMBER.” (in case of heavy drinking.) If it is because of health problems, that “ALL” illegal drugs should remain prohibited and the legal drugs should be prohibited (alcohol and smoking.) When each person has the right to choose between smoke, or alcohol, then yes, there is a change in people’s behavior, and not the Government and some members of our society’s moralist intervention attacking our free will. Crime must be fought, crack and cocaine the deforestation of the Amazon forest, corruption, (yes, corruption.) how many congressmen (INFILTRATED) Are involved with (INTERNATIONAL SUPERDRUG DEALERS?)The cannabis legalization is so necessary, as life sentence or death sentence in Brazil. It is a sad reality, but PEOPLE inside the Government as well as some members of the society, (Corruption) PROFIT with the illegality either on the weapons business, drugs, even from a delicate children’s toy, SIMPLY so-called PIRATE. For that reason death penalty hardly would be implemented because once it has been enforced, it’s a point of no return. Even if one is POOR or RICH. On the other hand, they with their MENSALÕES [bribe scandal] are called DOCTOR and us, with our marijuana CIGARRETES are the DANGEROUS CRIMINALS even maintaining our showing off with our hardworking money, the same money that supports the needs of this beloved BRAZIL. Hi, I think mariHuana should be legalized in Argentina. I am 15 and I’ve been smoking since I was 8, nothing (bad) ever happened to me. It is scientifically proven that marijuana is less (dangerous) than alcohol and cigarettes and is also an ANTI-CANCER cure. By Dialogo October 17, 2012 During the 2012 Summit of the Americas, some Latin American leaders have called for a review of U.S. policy regarding the War on Drugs. The Washington Post reported that some former heads of state in the Western Hemisphere have argued for legalizing marijuana with the notion that marijuana only poses modest health risks. Vice President Joe Biden was quoted as saying, “There are more problems with legalization than non-legalization.” What are the human consequences of allowing the youth of this hemisphere to legally use drugs? During an interview, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, argued that drugs pose a signification risk. Scientific research has proven that drug usage increased dopamine levels released to the brain by as much as 2 to 10 percent above those associated with life’s normal pleasures such as eating, listening to music, and sex. The National Institute of Drug Abuse released a report titled, The Science of Addiction, which stated “The effect of such a powerful reward strongly motivates people to take drugs again and again.” Therefore, when an innocent child takes a “legal” puff of marijuana, there is a high probability the child may become addicted. This scientific research supports Vice President Biden’s argument regarding compounding problems associated with the legalization of marijuana. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that marijuana negatively impacts the cognitive ability of young adults. The study produced evidence that teens who began smoking marijuana by age 18 experienced an 8-point drop in IQ scores by the age of 38. At first glance, this number may seem insignificant; however, the lead researcher, Madeline Meier stated, “a loss from an IQ of 100 to 92 represents a drop from being in the 50th percentile to being in the 29th.” Additionally, The National Institute of Drug Abuse states, marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Marijuana is legal in Netherlands. A 2010 report produced by the Drug Enforcement Administration titled SPEAKING OUT Against Drug Legalization cited the head of Netherland’s best-known drug abuse rehabilitation center as stating that the strong form of marijuana that most of the young people smoke produces, “a chronically passive individual, someone who is lazy, who doesn’t want to take initiatives, doesn’t want to be active, the kid who’d prefer to lie in bed with a joint in the morning rather than getting up and doing something.” The message from those that support legalization argues that marijuana poses a moderate risk. The Organization of American States (OAS) must develop a synergistic approach to educating the youth of this hemisphere on the dangers of drug use by exercising shared hegemony. An effective Western Hemisphere strategy must be crafted to establish a framework that fosters increased cooperation within the alliance and inculcates a unified message to its citizens. For example, the second mandate, citizen security that resulted from the 2012 Summit of the Americas stated, “We agreed to strengthen cooperation and coordination as fundamental tools for combating violence, corruption, and transnational organized crime in all its forms.” Educating youth regarding the dangers of drug use must be the sole pillar upon which nations converge their concerted efforts to confront the increased use of marijuana. The Western Hemisphere must continue to maintain a competitive advantage in the global market place, one that inspires and leads its citizens to prosperity. Maintaining a global competitive advantage cannot be achieved if the youth of the Americas are allowed to consume marijuana openly and without consequence. Combating this problem requires the bonding of partnerships. General Douglas Fraser’s (commander, U.S. Southern Command) 2020 Command Strategy stated, “The nations of this region are inextricably linked, and we face common challenges to our security and stability. Success for us all depends upon the creation of a hemispheric environment that is inclusive and beneficial to all.” World economies have become extremely fragile, complex, and even more competitive as nations fight for survival. It is imperative the OAS prepare its youth and its current workforce to compete on a global scale. Integrating a permissive culture of marijuana use is contrary to the second mandate of the 2012 Summit of the Americas. *Dr. Williams is adjunct professor at Hodges University and a member of a Joint Staff within the U.S. Department of Defense last_img read more

International credit union engagement

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first_img“Engagement trips are like traveling in a time machine. Sometimes you go to the future. Sometimes you visit the past.”  — Courtesy of one of the Worldwide Foundation’s engagement participants.Above, Asian study participants meet in a futurist-style setting to talk issues of technology, regulation and advocacy. Below, WF engages with members of the Polish Parliament in September 2018.The value proposition of the World Council is to build, champion, defend and grow a global credit union community that improves lives.  World Council serves 100 countries of credit union systems around the world. World Council’s Worldwide Foundation leverages the skills, experience and will of the credit union system to engage in that work through the International Credit Union Field Engagements.Field engagements can be deep-dive studies to understand the challenges facing a credit union system and the relevance of that experience at home. Service engagements allow volunteers to engage with local credit unions in volunteer and community service work. Technical and advocacy efforts assist credit unions to tackle their top technical or regulatory challenges.In 2018, field engagement groups studied credit union services to small Kenyan farmers and provided community service to the Busia orphanage. Busia was originally built and supported by credit unions. Other groups engaged in a deep-dive study of the Asian credit union system and participated in a strategic “futuring” exercise with top credit union leadership of 12 Asian countries.Caribbean hurricane relief engagements traveled to Puerto Rico and Dominica to advise credit unions in updating risk management systems, strengthening balance sheets and diversifying revenue. Another group engaged with Polish credit unions to give U.S. soldiers deployed to Poland access to Polish credit union ATM and cash services and to advocate with Polish credit unions on the issues of taxation and regulation in front of Polish regulatory officials and members of Parliament.International Credit Union Field Engagements 2019In April 2019, we are headed to Australia, where the credit union system abides by the same regulatory and taxation framework as banks and where credit unions have built innovative advanced digital and payments solutions. We will be engaging with credit union and banking CEOs from Australia in dialogue forums to learn about the impact of these regulations, taxation and the branding and digital challenges our Oceania colleagues face. We plan study visits in Sydney and Melbourne from April 9-16, 2019.A 2018 engagement trip to Kenya wrapped with service work at Busia. We will visit Busia again in December 2019.We will return to Puerto Rico August 1-6 after the World Credit Union Conference, July 28-31, in the Bahamas.  Participants will learn about the history of this U.S. territory and engage with the Puerto Rico credit unions in their continuing work to rebuild their communities after 2017 Hurricane Maria.In early December 2019, we will return to Kenya in service work and to share the holiday spirit with the Busia orphanage in Kenya. We continue to spread the message of Busia — the orphanage that credit unions built.As in previous years, new or unplanned engagement opportunities will arise in 2019 as credit unions in other countries and our supporters identify a need or an opportunity and pitch in to address it.Information about all field engagements and how to participate can be found on the Worldwide Foundation website at http://www.doglobalgood.org/volunteer/field_engagements. 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laura Mihm Laura Mihm is the Executive Communications Assistant for the World Council of Credit Unions. Prior to joining World Council in 2018, Mihm was the corporate communications manager for Foremost Farms … Web: https://www.woccu.org Detailslast_img read more

Berger to give Washington insider update at MACUMA

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first_img continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger will discuss federal issues affecting the credit union industry Monday, Feb. 11, at the Metropolitan Area Credit Union Management Association’s (MACUMA) monthly meeting.Berger will share with attendees NAFCU’s top advocacy priorities for 2019, and will also discuss the Trump administration, Congress, federal regulators, and more.The event is being hosted at the Key Bridge Marriot in Arlington, Va. It begins at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Monday, Feb. 11. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Danish pension funds join forces for push into alternatives

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first_imgFour Danish pension funds are planning to invest tens of billions of Danish krone in alternative credit, capital funds, infrastructure and forestry over the next five years.Danske Capital will act as an adviser to the funds, which manage a combined DKK500bn (€67bn).The four funds – Danica Pension, a pension and insurance provider; DIP, the pension fund for engineers; JØP, the scheme for lawyers and economists; and Lægernes Pensionskasse, the doctors’ pension fund – said they expected alternatives would become a larger portion of their portfolios in future, yielding higher and more stable returns in combination with more liquid assets such as listed equities and bonds.The funds said they saw particularly exciting alternative investment opportunities in areas where banks no longer had the same capacity to lend due to tighter regulation in the wake of the financial crisis. The new collaboration has already resulted in the first investment in alternative credit, where the pension funds, together with Goldman Sachs, will provide loans directly to businesses.Torben Visholm, chief executive at JØP, said the cooperation would give the funds access to better investment terms due to economies of scale.He said the agreement would allow the funds to invest better, faster and in a wider range of assets.The joint venture’s large investment capacity will produce cost advantages and better investment terms, as well as positioning the participating pension funds to enter into public-private partnerships (PPP), they said.Søren Kolbye Sørensen, chief executive at DIP, said his pension fund had in recent years entered into a number of innovative collaborations with other institutions to reap cost advantages as a result of economies of scale.At the beginning of the year, DIP and JØP established a joint investment department, and the agreement on alternatives is another step in that direction, he said.last_img read more

Dorset’s Fiona Snook wins South West Golf Steward of the Year

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first_img12 Feb 2016 Dorset’s Fiona Snook wins South West Golf Steward of the Year Dorset’s Fiona Snook has been recognised as the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South West region. Fiona, from Wareham Golf Club, received her trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the national and regional winners were celebrated. The competition to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards was in its ninth year and attracted hundreds of votes for the nominated stewards. Fiona commented: “I’m a newbie at the club and I’m so pleased to reach this final. Wareham is such a friendly club and everyone mucks in – you’re quite likely to see our president on a lawn mower! If you want anything you just have to ask.” Fiona is a qualified chef who has worked at Wareham for 18 months and has helped the club improve its image and appeal to visitors and members. Since she’s been there the club has attracted 56 new members. She’s overseen some clubhouse renovation, has changed the club’s brewery and suppliers, all the food is now home-made – and the increasing profits are reflecting her efforts. She runs a host of social events from darts and cribbage nights to a psychic supper and a chocolate night – all prominently advertised on display screens and a white board. That’s alongside weddings, birthday parties and a concert night with the Bournemouth brass band, which was promoted with a local leaflet drop.    Fiona has even taken up golf and joined the ladies’ section! Fiona and the other winners all received their trophies from England Golf Acting Chief Executive, Craig Wagstaff, and from Earl Baker, Fuller’s Sales Manager (Traditional Free Trade). The other winners were: national and South East winner, Steve Warren of Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk; Midlands winners Phill and Louise Maxwell of Radcliff-on-Trent; and North winner Kirsty Glaister of Stamford Golf Club, near Manchester. They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2014 Stewards of the Year, Samantha Hudson, joined the judges to whittle down the entry to three finalists from each region. Each of these 12 were visited personally before the four regional winners were selected, having been judged on their commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. Caption: Fiona Snook with her trophy.last_img read more

Thurston County Government Services Holiday Closure Schedule

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County County Government Offices Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s DayThurston County government will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas Day and Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day. All offices will be open for regular business on December 24 and December 31.  There will be no curbside garbage and recycling collection on December 25 and January 1.Thurston County garbage and recycling customers are reminded that there is no curbside collection service on Wednesday, December 25 or Wednesday, January 1. For customers who normally have garbage and recycling collected on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, collection will be done one day later after Christmas Day and after New Year’s Day. Remember that bins should be at your curb and ready for collection by 6 a.m. on your pick-up day.Regular Wednesday customers—pick-up Thursday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 2Regular Thursday customers—pick-up Friday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Jan. 3Regular Friday customers—pick-up Saturday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 4The county’s Waste and Recovery Center in Lacey will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The WARC will be open for regular hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. On December 24 and December 31.Fire and Police Emergency Services: Call 9-1-1 for emergency police, fire and medic services. Residents are urged to use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies only.Thurston County Sheriff Non-emergency Services: Residents of unincorporated Thurston County are urged to call the Sherriff’s Department non-emergency number at (360) 704-2740 for non-emergency issues like noise complaints. 9-1-1 should be used for life-threatening emergencies only.County Parks Open: Burfoot Park, Frye Cove Park, Kenneydell Park and the Off-Leash Dog Park at the WARC will be open during regular park hours.Intercity Transit: IT will not operate its local or express bus service on Wednesday, December 25 or Wednesday, January 1. IT bus service will also end early on Christmas Eve—Tuesday, December 24. The last bus departure will be between 5:30 and 7:15 p.m., depending on the route, and IT Customer Service will close at 6 p.m. Call (360) 786-1881 or visit www.intercitytransit.com for more Christmas Eve early closure details and other holiday service information.last_img read more